We are so excited to be having our friends from the south joining us at the 2nd Annual Growing Acres Conference! Join us for a conversation about developing strategies for local food systems that are both geographically and economically accessible, including an amazing project that joins a farmers market, church, food truck and community!
Forging a Path toward Food for All Jan Libbey, Executive Director, Healthy Harvest of North Iowa
Tahmyrah Lytle, Office Manager, First Church, United Church of Christ, Mason City
Sarah Enke, Social Worker, Community Health Center of Mason City – To be confirmed
No matter where are you in the business planning stage, Kyle will be available to answer questions and help you create a framework to start and complete your plan!
Developing a Business Plan Kyle Huneke, Farm Business Management Instructor, Riverland Community College
Where are you in the business planning stage? This business planning session will give you tools, answer questions and give you a framework to start and complete your business plan! We will work together developing a business plan that will best fit your operations philosophies and goals.
Does Facebook overwhelm you? Join Da'Nela for a conversation that'll help put your mind at ease and get you started on growing your business on social media!
Getting Social with Facebook Da’Nela Higgins, DH Consulting
This session is for Facebook beginners who are interested in growing their business with social media. I won’t use any fancy language or talk about algorithms’ – we’ll cover the basics of using Facebook for small business including tips, resources for creating posts, how and when to check your numbers and prepare a simple social media plan that will make content creation a breeze!
Yes, we say excited a lot, but there's a lot to look forward to during the 2nd Annual Growing Acres Conference! Like this: The Mower County Master Gardeners are holding a Community Workshop on Saturday all about gardening from seed to harvest that we think will be a great session for anyone who wants to start a garden in the backyard!
If you've ever been interested in learning how to join, come visit with the Master Gardeners on Friday. It's an excellent opportunity to find out more about the group and projects that they work on.
What is a cut sheet and how do you complete one? If you market beef, goat, lamb and pork-we think you'll enjoy learning all about basic anatomy, discovering questions that you can ask at processing time & more with Emma Schroeder!
This is a presentation for farmers who direct market meat to their customers. Whether through a CSA or a farmers’ market, there is always a processor that you need to work with. The processor asks you, " what you would like done with the carcass". It’s time to fill out the cut sheet and the options looks vague like you should be able to read within the lines. To have confidence in this part makes the difference in knowing which parts to send to the grinder and ask for anything extra.
This presentation will educate, clarify and decode the cut sheets commonly used by processors for small farmers. We will cover basic anatomy, the marketability of beef, goat, lamb and pork cuts and recommended questions for processors. Through a brief lesson, educational handouts and plenty of time for questions and discussion, participants will leave with the confidence and additional knowledge they need to fill out a whichever cut sheet they come across.